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The variety and spice of Indian handloom sarees

The saree is traditional attire in most parts of India, a national heritage which has in current times assumed the dimensions of a fashion statement.

The spread of handloom sarees

Many are the types of handloom saris worn in India. From the plain, simple coloured and lightly adorned cotton and silk blends worn by many women in their daily routine, to the jazzy stylish heavily decorated silks with all sorts of finery and additive features known as fashion and special wear meant for exclusive occasions such as weddings, grand parties or social invites. Saree fabric material could be cotton, silk, jute, nylon, rayon, georgette, chiffon, satin etc. or blends. There is no dearth of traditional varieties and modern art silks and current tastes have encouraged brilliant fusion experiments of the two to evolve a new range of splendid never-before-seen fabrics having trending designs and patterns incorporated in the conventional handloom weaves.

Exploring the saree

There are three parts to the sari - the body of the fabric, the border and the loose portion of the saree, hanging over the shoulder, known as the pallu or end piece. The body of the fabric could consist of printed designs, woven patterns or could be just a plain setting. The border of the saree could be broad, narrow, thin line, in single color or multi colored, with printed design, embroidery or painted patch work. The pallu of the sari is its most attractive feature. It could be adorned by printed designs, embroidery, weaving or hand painting with a lot of detail in attractive colors, matching or in contrast.

The making of the saree

India has many handloom weaving, dyeing and printing locations of ethnic excellence in the four corners of the country. Side by side and also overwhelming it is the modern mass production device called the power loom which though quick serving and time saving cannot have the craftsmanship and finish of the traditional handloom.

Silks have always been a favourite with women because of the rich look, airy comfort and the exclusiveness in price compared to other fabrics. Especially costly pure silk sarees that range from 15000 rupees onwards to touch a lakh and above, are jealously guarded, worn with caution and care exercised at every step, to be worn for grand occasions only.

Cottons are preferred for summer or hot weather conditions and for long continuous spells of wearing.

Light in weight, very airy, comfortable, cottons come in light shades and medium coloured hues and very preferred for casual outings, office, daily wear since they are not as costly as silks.

You have pure silk centres of Mysore, Dharmavaram, Kanjeevaram along with other notable places like Narayanpet, Pochampally, Uppada, Venkatagiri, Rasipuram, Arani, Coimbatore and some others with their own brands of silk fabrics in the Southern part of India. The Northern part has Banaras, Chanderi, Kota, Chattisgarh, Bhagalpur and others. Rajasthan and Gujarat in the West, with Eastern Orissa, West Bengal and the North East belt of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland. All these have traditionally evolved their individual styles and existed harmoniously for a long time.

Inspiring breath-taking weaves of good texture, fine thread counts, beautiful patterns and motifs displayed in a myriad of colours have seamlessly included the modern saree-wearer’s likes and preferences in new colour shades, embellishments on the saree, abstract and fancy prints, without sacrificing the essence of the ethnic quality.

There is a healthy mix even of different regions wherein the saree could have the attractive and appealing features of different traditional styles. Such as the modern designer prints being block printed on the body, the attach border having exquisite embroidery and the pallu portraying scenes from nature in eco-colours, hand painted in tribal art.

IT has also helped in the design of extraordinary patterns sensational colour combinations. Transfer of prints directly from the printer onto fabric has also become a reality for one or two fabric types. It remains to be seen in coming days what other pleasant surprises are in store for the indulgent and fabric-loving public at large.

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